Conman snatches purse from old lady

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An elderly woman had her purse snatched by a callous doorstep conman in Ballymena.

Detectives in Ballymena are investigating the distraction burglary at a house in the Deerfin Road area on Thursday 5th May.

They said a man called to the house of an elderly woman at around 3.30pm on Thursday afternoon and offered to clean and paint her windows for a small fee.

He then entered the house with the woman to discuss payment.

When the woman took out her purse the man snatched it from her and ran from the house to a waiting white van and left the area. The man was described as being aged in his 30’s, around 5’6” tall with short black hair. He was wearing dark trousers, a blue checked shirt and black shoes.

Detectives are appealing for anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area to contact them in Ballymena on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.